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Assistant Inspector General for Auditing

FY 2006 Audit Plans

MISSION DIRECTORATES

Exploration Systems

Subject/Objective

Requirements Definition of the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV)

To determine whether the requirements definition process for the CEV is well-defined and carefully structured to obtain a balance of cost, schedule, and performance; available technology; and affordability constraints.

Space Operations

Subject/Objective

Management of Return-to-Flight (RTF) Costs

To evaluate whether NASA effectively accounted for and managed the costs associated with the Space Shuttle Program’s RTF activities.

Science

Subject/Objective

Robotic Lunar Exploration Program (RLEP) To evaluate the management of risk as RLEP transitions between Centers and determine whether program management identified and mitigated risks.

MISSION SUPPORT OFFICES

Office of the Chief Financial Officer

Subject/Objective

Oversight of the FY 2006 Financial Statement Audit Ernst & Young LLP (E&Y;), an independent public accounting firm, is contracted to perform the audit with oversight by the OIG staff. E&Y; will report on (1) NASA’s FY 2006 annual financial statements, (2) the internal controls over financial reporting, and (3) compliance with laws and regulations.

NASA’s General and Administrative (G&A;) Overhead Costs

To determine whether NASA is accurately and consistently identifying, accumulating, and allocating the costs that are included in corporate G&A; overhead and the corporate service pool accounts.

Office of Chief Information Officer

Subject/Objective

Information Technology Security Controls on a NASA Mission Network To determine whether network management has a comprehensive security plan for the network, qualified and trained information technology security staff to manage the network, adequate physical and logical controls on the network, effective operating system security configurations that comply with NASA requirements, appropriate network intrusion detection systems, and vulnerability scanning tools and practices, as well as follows network incident response practices as required by Federal and NASA regulations.

NASA’s Implementation of the Privacy Provisions of the Electronic Government Act To determine whether NASA is in substantial compliance with the privacy requirements of the Electronic Government Act, including an analysis of NASA’s Privacy Impact Assessment program and whether NASA is accurately reporting the results of its assessments based on Office of Management and Budget guidelines.

Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) – OIG Report to Office of Management and Budget of NASA’s FY 2006 Security Posture

To determine whether NASA is in compliance with NIST and current NASA requirements for the following areas: system categorization, risk assessment, certification and accreditation, and testing and evaluation of security controls.

Institutions and Management

Procurement

Subject/Objective

NASA Grant and Cooperative Agreement Awards Resulting from Unsolicited Proposals

To determine whether NASA effectively processes unsolicited proposals received, maintains adequate financial oversight of the grant/cooperative agreements, and monitors recipient performance to ensure that the Government’s interests are protected.

NASA’s Purchase Card Program

To evaluate the effectiveness of NASA’s purchase card (P-Card) program. Specifically, we will determine whether P-Card contracting actions are effective and appropriate and executed in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

Security and Program Protection

Subject/Objective

Implementation of a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) System for NASA Employees and Contractors

To determine whether NASA has budgeted sufficient funds for implementing a PIV system that complies with National Institutes of Standards and Technology requirements and Office of Management and Budget guidance.

Strategic Communications

External Relations

Subject/Objective

Foreign National Access to NASA’s Export-Controlled Technology

To evaluate the adequacy of NASA’s procedures regarding export-controlled technology to prevent the transfer of technologies or technical information to countries and entities of concern.

OTHER OFFICES

Safety and Mission Assurance

Subject/Objective

NASA's Use of the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) for Contract Management Support

To determine whether NASA is receiving adequate contract management support from DCMA for its contracts. Specifically, we will determine whether requirements delineated in the letters of delegation are adequately specific and detailed to ensure that DCMA performs to NASA standards, whether the functions performed by DCMA are being performed in accordance with NASA requirements, and whether NASA is providing sufficient oversight of the contract management functions.

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NASA Official: Lawrence Anderson
Last Updated: 11/10/2005
Last Reviewed: 11/10/2005